We are looking for a panelist and a discussant to join our interdisciplinary panel for the 2011 AAS meeting in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
"Spaces of Contestation/Contestations of Space: Counterculture and Public Space in Postindustrial Tokyo"
This interdisciplinary panel explores an emergent youth counterculture of political activism and alternative lifestyles in relation to the production of space in contemporary Tokyo. In recent years growing frustration and disaffection with unfavorable socio-economic conditions related to post-industrialization and globalization, and an ineffectual political process, have manifested themselves in the formation of alternative social networks, identities, and spaces. Comprised largely of young people working in various forms of insecure and irregular employment, this network has established ‘underground’ cafes, bookstores, recycle shops, used clothing stores, art spaces, communal living spaces, and labor unions for non-regular workers. Members have also staged a number of highly aestheticized protests in the heart of Tokyo known as ‘sound demos’ which contest dominant meanings and uses of public space. The papers on this panel present ongoing research on various facets of this counterculture with a particular focus on the intersection of power, resistance and the production of space.
So far we have three panelists: two Anthropologists and one Urban Studies scholar.
If you are interested in joining us either as a discussant or a panelist, please contact
Colin Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Christian Dimmer (email@example.com).
If you are a panelist please send us a paper abstract of 150-250 words. Include your full name, institutional affiliation, and position at your institution.
Deadline for submission to AAS is August 5th.
Department of Sociology
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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